Wait for it – Rafa Benitez seemed to be a happy man after the good 3-1 win over Brentford this afternoon in front of 51,885 fans and it could have been more than just 3-1 with a bit of luck and if we had taken more of the chances Newcastle created.
But it was Ciaran Clark and a brace from Dwight Gayle to take his tally up to 9 goals this season that was enough to give Newcastle an easy 3-1 victory and take us up to second place in the Championship.
A happy Rafa Benitez at St. James’ Park today
Shelvey had another excellent game in central midfield for Newcastle today and it prompted the manager after the game to talk about the gifted 24 year-old:
“Jonjo, I said before, is doing well, has confidence, has been working very hard during the summer to be fit and be at the maximum level.”
“He has the quality, so he can carry on with this vision and this control of the game. “The strikers will have more chances then, because the team will play much better.”
“It’s not just because he’s scoring goals. He’s working hard too. “Ayoze Perez was doing a great job between the lines, and then you can see the wingers and the midfielders running a lot, then the defenders too.”
“So the team as a team is doing a lot of things, and then you also have a striker who is good in front of goal so much better.”
Next up is Barnsley on the road on Tuesday night.
Here’s how we stand in the league table with Huddersfield playing Sheffield Wednesday at home tomorrow at 12:00 pm.